Asked by ESPN reporter Rachel Nichols whether the prospect of a life outside basketball anxious him, Johnson again suggested leaving the Lakers was the right thing to do.
Johnson would rather be on the other side of things, helping mentor players like tennis champion Serena Williams and Philadelphia 76ers point guard Ben Simmons. Johnson went from college star, to Los Angeles Lakers legend, to global celebrity, to wildly successful entrepreneur, all while using his megawatt smile and electric personality to inspire and uplift those he met.
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James and Johnson are said to have clashed over several key ideas on how to take the team forward. "If we get one of these [free agents], we're going to be really good.I'm good with where I am", Johnson said. "I want to go back to being who I was before taking on this job". He said he hadn't told his boss yet because he knew he would cry "like a baby".
Johnson retired in 1991 after he tested positive for HIV, but later returned briefly to the Lakers as a player and a coach.
"But I think that with and I, I want to always preserve our relationship". "And I thought about it and I said, 'That's not fun for me".
Johnson, however, said he believed the Lakers were on the right track following the arrival of James. Johnson offered no indication that he was on the bring of stepping down. "I couldn't stand to tell her".
Johnson who is a prolific businessman, said he " happier when I wasn't president [of the Lakers]", Johnson said.